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Urban Living

Not your run of the Mill apartment: The Millswyn

Located on the corner of Millswyn Street and Toorak Road West, The Millswyn offers 10 grandly proportioned residences from $3.9 million to $13+ million in the Domain precinct, bounded by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fawkner Park. The development presents a rare opportunity to acquire large contemporary private residences in one of South Yarra’s most prestigious precincts just five minutes’ walk from the 'Tan' running track and Domain village; a...

Project sales launch: The Henderson in Glen Iris

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In July 1850, Captain Thomas Henderson sailed into Hobsons Bay aboard the smartest vessel the new colony had ever seen. Revered by fellow seafarers, the ‘Iris’ was built of the best materials and radiated elegance with her polished mahogany. Captain Henderson settled on the banks of Gardiners Creek, establishing the suburb of Glen iris and naming it in homage to his graceful ship. Quality is designed into the heart of The Henderson. It heralds a...
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Fishermans Bend: Will the precinct catch the market?

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On 2 July 2012 the then Minister For Planning, Matthew Guy, announced the rezoning of the Fishermans Bend area from an industrial precinct to a ‘Capital City Zone’ and declared it a project of State Significance. Overnight it became Australia’s largest urban renewal area which to put in context will effectively double the size of the Melbourne CBD. Urban renewal is a program of land redevelopment in areas of moderate to high density urban land...

New apartment releases line up for their time in the sun

The AFL finals are upon us and Spring has sprung… well, not quite yet. This time of year generally does coincide with a string of apartment developments readying themselves for public launch. Whether they are looking to capitalise upon the improving Spring weather where buyers are more inclined to be out and about in the search for a new property, or seeking to secure as many sales as possible prior to the Christmas break, Urban Melbourne have...

Urban Development & Design

Density, sprawl, growth: how Australian cities have changed in the last 30 years

Neil Coffee , University of South Australia ; Emma Baker , University of Adelaide , and Jarrod Lange , University of Adelaide Since settlement, Australian cities have been shaped and reshaped by history, infrastructure, natural landscapes and – importantly – policy. So, have our cities changed much in the last 30 years? Have consolidation policies had any effect? Have we contained sprawl? Yes, probably and maybe, according to our newly published...

The 'Goldilocks' zone well represented in new additions to the project database

Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right. Substitute cold for underdevelopment; hot for development that would frighten the locals to the point where pitchforks will be seen on the streets and at council meetings; and you're left with the goldilocks planning zone. It's an umbrella term I use to describe General Residential Zone, Residential Growth Zone and the mixed-use zones which broadly interface with the two aforementioned residential-focused...

Pace scores a gong, and looks to score with City of Yarra

There's news for Pace Development Group across a variety of fronts. Firstly, the prolific developer has taken the 2016 Property Development Award at the Australian Property Industry (API) Excellence in Property Awards. St Kilda's 'The Icon' building was granted the citation as part of the event which recognises innovation and outstanding achievement s across the property industry. Held last Friday evening, the award results from the...

Doncaster East's apartment market rises to Prominence

Doncaster East has never been considered an apartment stronghold, although a raft of current projects are doing their best to dispel that notion. Gradually emerging from the shadow of 'big brother' that is Doncaster, Doncaster East is set to welcome at least 1,000 new apartments over the next handful of years. A sweep through the Urban Melbourne Project Database shows 13 dedicated apartment projects found within Doncaster East, with Baptcare's...

Urban Industry

Fishermans Bend – A best practice project for Melbourne's future

As someone who has spent much of his career in residential development, collaborating with leading architects and designers to create unique living spaces, there is no doubt in my mind that Fishermans Bend is the single most important urban renewal project of our generation. With population forecasts suggesting Melbourne will grow by roughly 95,000 people annually for the next 35 years - at the end of which we will almost double in size to 7.7...

Hayball's Eugene Chieng discusses the rise of Box Hill

Population and employment growth is propelling Box Hill to become its own mini city. In addition to bustling retail, restaurants, health and education facilities, Box Hill also sports the busiest transport hub in Melbourne’s east with more than 20,000 train commuters a day. Add the 13,000 jobs on the go and a population set to increase by 26 percent in the next 5 years , and Box Hill is being eyed off by developers and home buyers alike. With...

Q+A with Vanessa Bird, Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects

Whilst there has been substantial publicity and commentary around Victoria’s proposed apartment standards, the Central City Planning Provisions, Melbourne Amendment C270 have been quietly progressing. Recently Vanessa Bird, the Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects, took some time to answer a few questions about this proposed planning amendment as well as the institutes wider advocacy agenda. Red+Black Architect – For...
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Discussing the future of the apartment market with Leonard Teplin

Sales and marketing agents Marshall White have shifted their focus to virtual reality as a selling tool due to shifting preferences and expectations from prospective buyers. Based upon recent project marketing experiences, younger generations heavy reliance upon the digital sphere has allowed Marshall White to sell out projects without a physical display suite. As sales agent for 308 Carlisle Street, Marshall White managed to sell all apartments...

Visual Melbourne

Melbourne Central’s iconic shot tower reborn in VR

Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”. Perhaps the most striking example of this juxtaposition between old and new is the Coops Shot Tower situated within Melbourne Central and enclosed by a magnificent 20 storey glass cone designed by...

White Night Melbourne 2016

Once again Melbourne’s all night festival of art, music and light projections has delighted hundreds of thousands in Melbourne’s CBD. The 2016 edition of White Night is the fourth time that it has been run in Melbourne. After only a few years the cultural event has clearly been readily accepted as an important part of Melbourne’s busy events calendar The biggest highlights this year were dominated by Melbourne’s top architectural masterpieces...

Feeling at home next to the dome

A new piece of street art has been unveiled opposite Etihad Stadium that is in stark contrast to its drab surrounds. The poorly activated surrounds of Etihad Stadium has been given a boost with Melbourne developer Capital Alliance commissioning internationally recognised street artist Rone to create a mural overlooking the sporting venue. The result is a new 140sqm edifice adoring M Docklands , a new five star hotel and residential complex which...
Light projection by Victor Holder.

Thornbury and Preston light up for the Darebin Projection Festival

The junction marking Thornbury and Preston is set to light up this evening, celebrating a significant development set to happen in the area. A joint partnership between Creative Suburbs and the Darebin City Council, the festival is aimed to light up the area and switch on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Light projection by Victor Holder at Rainbow Serpent Festival 2015. On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June from 6-11pm, the Thornbury...

Urban Affairs

Next generation of Melbourne's train fleet unveiled

This morning at a media conference in the historic Newport Workshops, the Premier, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Industry and Employment announced the Evolution Rail consortium was the successful bidder for the contract to supply the next generation of Melbourne's train fleet: High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT). Keen to emphasise the employment opportunities, 15% of the expected 1,100 jobs created through the awarding of this...

There's never been a better time to be a rail-loving urbanist in Melbourne & Victoria

Refreshed stations delivered as part of the ongoing level crossing removal project, the new Melbourne Metro tunnel, ballsy private sector-lead high-speed rail proposals like CLARA and now the Rail Futures 'InterCity' paper. It's a good mix of shovels in the ground and an eye on the future of rail in the state. The Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) high-speed rail and InterCity paper by Rail Futures have a true statewide focus through...

Infrastructure Victoria releases metro and regional citizen jury reports

Foreshadowed recently in an interview with Michael Smith , Infrastructure Victoria - as part of one phase in its community consultation process - empaneled two citizens juries to "give a voice to the people" as CEO Michel Masson put it, and the authority has now released the metro and regional jury reports. Michael Smith: How does this [citizens juries] work? What have they been deciding upon? Michel Masson: We were very keen to ensure that in...

Tick tock: Melbourne airport records 5.1% FY16 passenger growth

Melbourne's Tullamarine airport published its latest passenger numbers on July 20th and announced it had achieved 5.1% passenger growth in the financial year ending June 30. This comprised 9.5% in international passenger growth compared to the same time last year and 3.7% passenger growth in the higher volume domestic segment. At June 30th 2015, 32,192,000 passengers either originated or terminated a trip at Tullamarine's terminals and a further...
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Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 14:00
There's been a fair bit of level crossing removal spin in the mainstream media this week, with terms like 'skytrains' and the State opposition taking an apparent position on the 'best' method of grade separating level crossings. The 'best' solution for each grade separation project depends on many different factors...

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